As we told you last month, this summer, visitors to Alexandria, Virginia, can explore an exact replica of the ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to George Washington with news of full French aid in 1780, helping turn the tide of the American Revolution.
French tall ship Hermione is currently sailing 3,819 miles across the Atlantic from France to the U.S. to commemorate Lafayette’s historic voyage before docking in Alexandria, the ship’s Washington, D.C. port of call and one of 12 iconic stops on its tour.
Against the backdrop of a vibrant waterfront and historic streets, summer in Alexandria sizzles with live music, fireworks, food festivals and historic events. Kicking off the season, French tall ship Hermione docks in Old Town after sailing from France to the U.S. in a recreation of the Marquis de Lafayette’s historic 1780 voyage. The first-ever Alexandria Live Music Week draws music fans with 10 days of live performances at more than 30 restaurants and venues. Foodies flock to food and beverage festivals, sports fans board the baseball boat to Nationals Park and brew tours lead beer-lovers from historic sites to “hops stops.” From patriotic fireworks displays to boat cruises on the Potomac River, the port city is the perfect setting for an all-American getaway just minutes from Washington, D.C.
Union Street Public House, an Old Town Alexandria landmark for over 25 years, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ricardo Planas as its Executive Chef. An award-winning chef, his culinary achievements will bring a new dimension to the Old Town restaurant. Originally from the DC area, Chef Ricardo Planas brings over 20 years of experience to Union Street.
Formally trained at the French Culinary Institute, Planas has worked at some of the finest restaurants and pubs in New York City, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, including Tavern on the Green, Red Sage, Jean-Louis Restaurant at the Watergate Hotel and Café du Parc at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Chef Ricardo has been able to make a strong impact on each of the restaurants he’s served through his vast knowledge of the world’s cuisine and his passion for incorporating fresh herbs to elevate the foods’ flavors.
“Chef Ricardo is a culinary tour-de-force and we are happy to have him as our executive chef. He brings deep culinary experience, extensive wine knowledge, creative ideas, and tremendous talent to our restaurant,” says Peter Durkin, Director of Operations of Union Street Public House. “We look forward to watching Ricardo make his mark here at Union Street.”